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Comics A.M. | Plan to replace New York’s Javits Center falls apart

Jacob K. Javits Center

Conventions | New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has mothballed plans for a giant convention center in Queens, leaving the unlovely, unloved, but well-situated Javits Center as the home of New York Comic-Con for the near future. [The New York Times, via The Beat]

Publishing | Alex Klein sees the “outing” of Green Lantern Alan Scott as a desperate move to boost sales by a publisher whose market share is dropping: “Switching up sexual orientation is a cunning way of compensating for flagging sales and aging characters. In the meantime, the industry is rebalancing: toward independent publishers, author ownership, and cross-platform digital tie-ins. As small studios sap talent from the giant conglomerates, comics are changing—and there’s a lot of money to be made in the process—just not in the comics themselves.” And he talks to The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Image publisher Eric Stephenson about what they can do that the Big Two can’t. [The Daily Beast]

Publishing | Lustigen Taschenbuch, the German publisher of Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck comics, has revealed its website has been hacked and data on as many as 24,000 users stolen. [Independent Online]

Retailing | Don’t tell TBS Comics in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, that superhero movies don’t bring new customers to comic shops. Owner Ed Nehring and his staff set up a booths at their local movie theaters and have seen increases in sales at their shop, as movie viewers come in looking for Avengers comics. “Maybe they don’t understand a character, you know, why was Iron Man and Captain America bumping heads so much in the movie, what was that all about. And there’s a huge story behind all of that, and they come in, they want to get a little more of it.” It’s a sentiment echoed by retailers in Indiana as well. [WEAR ABC 3]

Creators | Erin Elizabeth Fraser talks to Saga artist Fiona Staples about working with Brian K. Vaughan and the exhilaration of doing creator-owned work: “Yeah, we did feel like we were going out on a limb there for a little bit, just creating something that’s really quite weird. Intentionally crafting a book that’s not going to be for everyone, doing it not through one of the Big Two (DC or Marvel) but through (Image, [sic] where we have no editorial control or anything like that, rather, total creative freedom. That’s always going to be a huge leap when you trust your instincts like that, and trust your collaborator’s.” [Sequential Tart]

Creators | Jeff Parker and Declan Shalvey discuss their upcoming run on the revamped Dark Avengers. [USA Today]

Delilah Dirk

Creators | Tony Cliff talks about his webcomic Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, which is a contender in this year’s Eisner Awards. Here’s his take on the title character: “And as for Delilah herself – if I’m honest, she might be a reaction to the female characters I was seeing in mainstream comics. All so serious, all so spandex-clad, all so boring. It felt like a challenge to introduce a female character who was lighthearted, sensibly-dressed, and well-rounded (you know, character-wise).” [Newsarama]

Creators | Here’s your local-newspaper profile for the day, and it’s a good one: The Concord, North Carolina, paper talks to Michael Eury, who was a comics writer and editor at Comico, Dark Horse and DC Comics, and now edits Back Issue Magazine. Check out the anecdote about his proposed Predator/Gilligan’s Island crossover, which inexplicably never saw print. [Independent Tribune]

Creators | Dean Haspiel interviews Allen Passalaqua, the colorist of his comic The Five-Dimensional Adventures of Dirk Davies, about his use of limited color and the challenges it produces. [ShiftyLook]

Creators | Writer Joshua Ortega, who’s worked for publishers ranging from DC Comics and Marvel to Top Cow and Tokyopop, has been hired by San Francisco-based Zynga as a senior narrative designer working on massively multiplayer online games. [Venture Beat]

Watchmen #1

Comics | On the day that DC Comics debuts its sprawling Watchmen prequel, Tom Spurgeon reflects on reading the original 1986 miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons as it was released: “I mentioned on this site a few weeks ago paying close attention to the detective characters that get into the Comedian’s apartment because I thought the comic book would be about them. I can recall the modest thrill of realizing that they weren’t all that important, that it was going to be this guy that just popped in the window. Things like that. I even kept waiting for the bad guy to make his presence known. I also remember being surprised by the quality of the back material, and the way that the covers went right into the story was probably the only formal trick I picked up on the first time around. It seemed like a lot of care and thought was put into it; it seemed substantial.” [The Comics Reporter]

Commentary | Sarah Mirk profiles ComicsAlliance editor Laura Hudson, whom she believes “deserves some serious love for striding boldly into an Internet shitstorm (and dealing with accompanying nasty caricatures) by bringing a feminist critique of superhero comics to the site’s mainstream audience over the past year.” And she notes that Hudson’s critique of the New 52 character Starfire hurt her relationship with DC. [Bitch Media]

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Simon DelMonte

June 6, 2012 at 7:36 am

The plan to replace the Javits Center is the one glaring blemish on the record of a governor I gladly support for the most part. Given that there is already a plan in place to extend a subway line to Javits, it struck me as nuts to spend all that money adding track and tunnel for it to go nowhere. I suspect eventually, there will be major renovations to the existing facility.

But for now, the greatest city in the world has no convention facility worth mentioning, and will continue to lose money to other cities. NYCC will continue to struggle with inadequate space. And New York, birthplace of scifi fandom and first home of the World SF Convention, will probably never host another Worldcon.

Was I the only one hoping for coconut-based weaponry in the Predator/Gilligan anecdote?

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